Dragonflies will create vibrant display

25th July 2019

A stunning flight of dragonflies will create a memorable celebration garden in Worcester next month.

Worcestershire’s St Richard’s Hospice will plant over a thousand, hand-crafted dragonflies on the lawns around the base of St Andrew’s Spire in the city this August.

The unique dragonfly display follows the success of the charity’s previous Celebration Garden of forget-me-nots and snowdrops.

People are being encouraged to celebrate someone or something special with one of the beautiful dragonflies in the display, which they can later take home as a keepsake or a gift. The dragonflies are individually made by The British Iron Work Centre in Oswestry, uniquely commissioned for St Richard’s Hospice.

The flowers will be installed on Saturday, 10th August and be on display until Monday, 26th August.

Contributions to help create this installation will help fund St Richard’s care of patients, their loved ones and the bereaved in Worcestershire.

Event organiser Jayne Sargeant said, “The dragonflies will create a memorable and stunning garden which will be an ideal focal point for celebration and reflection.  The forget-me-nots and snowdrops in our previous two Celebration Gardens were incredibly popular and ended up in homes and gardens in Worcestershire and around the world. We are hoping that people will be just as keen to help us create this beautiful garden of dragonflies this summer.”

She added, “Dragonflies hold a special place in the hearts of St Richard’s families. In almost every part of the world the dragonfly symbolises change and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

“St Richard’s runs a Dragonfly Group to help bereaved children and young people, together with their parent or carer through professional support and offers an opportunity to share their experiences with others in a similar situation.”

Donors will be invited to pick a flower from the garden on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August, collect from the hospice or via post after the installation is dismantled.

To secure a dragonfly please visit or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.

The Celebration Garden is kindly sponsored by Western Power Distribution and supported by Worcester City Council. The display coincides with the Worcester Festival.

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with 22% funded by the NHS.

The hospice is also raising funds for the Build 2020 Appeal and is part way through developing a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire. The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.